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News Roundup: Dali, Gervais, Beirut, Potter & Paddington Bear

Phillipa Goslet  Wanton Muse Phillipa Goslet (right), formerly profiled on Netribution, finally has her Dali film, Little Ashes, Greenlit and into production, with an autumn shoot. The film, backed by APT Films, Aria FIlms, Met Film and Factotem is helmed by Oscar-nominated Paul Morrison and focuses on the the relationship between Dali, Lorca and Bunuel. The news comes as a second Dali project, staring Al Pacino, gets under way.

 BBC Films head David Thomson is leaving to set up his own production outfit after 32 years at the Beeb.

 The Beirut International Film Festival, is canceling this year's edition in the face of 'political instability' after running last years event against all odds.

Ricky Gervais is apparently working on a feature film which he will co-write and direct, about a man living in an honest world who tells the first lie. 


 Potter has overtaken Bond and Star Wars to become the biggest movie franchise in the world (in box office terms).

Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (left) has won at Venice, two years after picking up an award for then Oscar fave Brokeback Mountain. Also two years since he last hosted the Oscars, the Daily Show's Jon Stewart is set to compere the 2008 event .

Potter's producer David Hayman, meanwhile, is planning a big screen outing for Padington Bear, scripted by Hamish McColl (Mr Bean's Holiday) with Warner Bros funding the tale of a Peruvian asylum seeking teddy bear.